The main international agreement related to public procurement is the Agreement on Public Procurement, the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)in the WTO.
On 30 March 2012 the GPA Parties reached an agreement and adopted a Protocol amending the 1994 GPA. The revised WTO GPA entered into force on 6 April 2014.
The revised GPA opens up the public procurement markets of each of the Parties. It applies to contracts worth more than specified threshold values.
In total, 15 parties are currently part of the agreement (the EU with respect to its 28 Member States along with Armenia, Canada, Hong Kong (China), Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands with respect to Aruba, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei and the United States). Ten other WTO Members, including China, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand and Ukraine, are negotiating accession to the GPA.
The EU is represented in negotiations by the Commission (DG Internal Market and Services).
The European Commission welcomes that on 29 October 2014 the WTO Committee on Government Procurement adopted decisions inviting New Zealand and Montenegro to accede to the Agreement on Government Procurement. Accession of New Zealand takes place on the basis of final coverage offer that was circulated to the Committee on 21 July 2014, while accession of Montenegro takes place on the basis of its final offer circulated on 18 July 2014.
Both New Zealand's and Montenegro's accessions to the GPA will take effect thirty days after the deposit of their instrument of accession with the WTO Director General.
The European Commission adopts two proposals for a Council Decisions establishing the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the Committee on Government Procurement on the accession of Montenegro and of New Zealand to the Agreement on Government Procurement.
The European Commission welcomes the entry into force on 6 April 2014 of the revised GPA concluded in December 2011.
The European Parliament has today given its consent to the conclusion of the revised World Trade Organisation’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA). According to WTO estimates, the revision of the GPA will bring extra procurement opportunities worth around 80 billion euro.
The European Commission has today proposed to the Council the formal conclusion of the Protocol amending the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), the only legally binding agreement in the WTO on the subject of government procurement.